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Public Affair [Import]

Jessica SimpsonAudio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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Jessica Simpson has taken the music, fashion and entertainment industries by storm. A talented artist with universal appeal, she has become an international star and media darling.

Born and raised outside of Dallas, Texas, Jessica began her performing career by sharing the stage with famous gospel acts such as Kirk Franklin, God's Property and Ce Ce Winans. With her unmistakable ... Read more in Amazon's Jessica Simpson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Public Affair
2. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
3. B.O.Y.
4. If You Were Mine
5. Walkin' 'Round In A Circle
6. The Lover In Me
7. Swing With Me - Jessica Simpson
8. Push Your Tush
9. Back To You
10. Between You & I - Jessica Simpson
11. I Don't Want To Care
12. Fired Up
13. Let Him Fly

Editorial Reviews

A Public Affair is a disco-studded, stunningly entertaining, 13-song slab of energetic white-girl pop. From the summer-fizzy first song and title track--which lifts, improbably, from both Madonna and the Supremes--Simpson tears out of the gate refusing to fall back on stale-sounding power ballads, something of a signature in the past. "You Spin Me Round" updates the Dead or Alive '80s hit; the vampy and innovative "B.O.Y." borrows from a vintage Cars track; and "Walkin' 'Round in a Circle," about as sleepy a track as you'll find here, seems to put a kind of pop spit-shine on a tune both Stevie Nicks and Ryan Adams popularized. Later tracks, including the excellent Louis Prima-inspired "Swing with Me" and the shockingly urban-sounding "Fired Up," bring Simpson's inner femme fatale to the fore. Let's hope it doesn't slink away anytime soon--other Simpson discs have been forgettable, but this is an affair to remember. --Tammy La Gorce

Product Description

Jessica boasts songwriting credits on nine out of the twelve slated tracks for the new album, produced by the most sought-after producers in the business: Lester Mendez, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Cory Rooney, Scott Storch and Stargate.

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83 of 108 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What Happened?? August 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think Jessica had the potential to make a great album, but this album is terrible! The first single, A Public Affair, is catchy and fun. The rest of the songs on this album are dreadful. I don't even know what style she is trying to do on this album; it is such a mess!! I was excited to purchase this album, but after one listen, I feel I made a terrible mistake. Just very disappointing, because I was expecting SO much more.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent but could be way better August 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The title song, "A Public Affair", is great. It was a wise choice for first single and showed off her fun side and how she could be creative and sing something other than ballads and love songs (which seemed to be the focus of many of the releases from her last album, 'In This Skin'). Yet, the first single fools you.

The good side of this release is that Jessica Simpson is all over the place musically. The lyrics aren't all about love or relationships; "A Public Affair" is just about going out and having a good time, "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record" is a nice take-off of an old song about being caught up in someone, "Fired Up" is about going to the club and just letting loose. The down side to having such a wide range is that the really good songs stand out and then when compared to others that aren't as strong, you're in for a disapointment and let down. The first three tracks are great; fun, light, creative for her. A lot of the others seem weak and come off as filler tracks or B-sides to past works.

"The Lover in Me" is a nice sort of power ballad with the Jessica Simpson big-voice, runs, showing off that you'd expect from her. She's also joined by a choir on that track. "B.O.Y." sounds interesting, like a song out of the 1980s era. "Swing With Me" has rather tongue-in-cheek lyrics with a big band era production that really stands out and shines on the album. "Between You and I" will remind you of a song like "Unchained Melody" and it's okay, but the music is a bit better than the lyrics. Yet these mild to good tracks are brought down by others like "Push Your Tush" which sounds as if it wasn't well thought out and recorded quickly. They're forgettable, or sound under-produced.
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57 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Her 15 Minutes Are Ticking September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Either she is getting bad business advice or she really is this clueless. To be this young and doing so many remakes is not a smart move. On this cd, she covers dance rock group Dead or Alive and country artists Patti Griffin and Dixie Chicks. She also uses many samples from many artists, including Madonna.

The other thing that irritates me about her is Jessica can sing, but she has always lacks uniqueness in her voice. That is why her previous albums never sold anything. Therefore, it is my opinion she decided to go for a kitty-like voice this time so she could sell records. It is clear to anyone listening to this cd, that Jessica looks up to Madonna. What Jessica fails to see is Madonna has never been a powerhouse vocalist, but her voice is unique and she has amazing star quality which is something Jessica lacks. Jessica also fails to realize is Madonna is no longer the force she used to be and copying her at this point is not a smart idea.

This cd is worthless! Jessica, please find your own backbone and just be yourself on your next record.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly A Feel Good Album: 3'5 Stars August 29, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As everyone know, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey recently divorced and Nick released a album "What's Left of Me" which pretty much reveal the purpuse just by reading the title. Most songs dealt with the pain of the divorce and things going wrong and he's somewhat trying to throw away the blame on Jessica's shoulders. Jessica's album is the opposite, while she may not have got over the bitter divorce yet, she's trying to put it behind her with a happy vibe feel good album where the majority of songs got nothing to do with her divorce and most are uptempo party tunes with hypnotic beats & melodies and addictive hooks kind of like Kylie Minogue's recent neo-disco albums. Oyt of 13 songs only 3 songs are classic ballads and the rest pure and simply feel good pop. 2 songs are directed to Nick though, "I Don't Want To Care" and her version of Patti Griffin's "Let Him Fly".

This album is full of samles and recycled tracks and even a few covers, I won't mention them all, just check the songwriters on the liner notes. It starts with the best song the uptempo "Public Affair" together with song number #4 "If You Were Mine" that respectively recycles Madonna's "Holiday" and Janet's "When I Think Of You" or is ir Nu Shooz "I Can't Wait" or both!?! But both those songs are good on their own with a great hook that match the sound well. Next song is a cover of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Around" a passable version of a great 80's track. "B.O.Y" is another decent club song and samples the Cars. "Walking Round in Circle" samples Fleetwood Mac and is a decent mid tempo, but why all this sampling?. "The Lover in You" is another good midtempo with backing vocals, a potential hit maybe. "Swing With Me" is a cover of Louis Prima's classic "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" a 50's inspired big band version.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I would like to start my review off by stating that I have always been a fan of Jessica Simpson. I have alway found her to be an underappreciated talent with an impressive voice. I even enjoyed her TV show with now ex husband Nick... With that being said, let me continue on to "A Private Affair."

This album is complete and utter garbage. And not in a positive Shirley Manson kind of way, either...

Jessica's voice sounds, to put it politlely, stretched a little thin here and she relies too heavily on recycled samples of so many other artists that I won't even start to list them. The only track on this disc that is listenable (and even that is an acquired taste) is the first single, "A Public Affair," and it goes quickly downhill from there. I am so disgusted with this album that I doubt I will ever buy another Simpson CD again - ever! Out of the 100+ music purchases I have made here at Amazon over the past year, this is definitely the biggest waste of money ever ... this CD is a waste of time, energy, and a perfectly good blank CD that will be in the 1 cent bin before you can say "Newlyweds."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
its OK
Published 12 days ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars What a woman can sing about
Jess is a great artist and can sing just about whatever she puts her mind to. so now it is mine.
Published 6 months ago by Dan Core
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for 'I Belong To Me'
I stumbled across this song somewhere online and loved it. It's such a great song showing the emotions of her breakup with Nick Lachey. It's Jessica at her best!
Published 10 months ago by HolmGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on everyone......
Come on you guys, A Public Affair wasn't meant to compete with Sgt. Pepper or anything, it's a party album. It's fun, uplifting and optimistic. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Jeremy L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars FLY
FLY is a my favorite song on this brings so many memories to mind...i have heard othes sing it just not as good as jess does it... Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Ky
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgetable Album
There just wasn't much to this album that I could get excited about. It all just sounds like filler except for a few of the slower songs. Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by Amanda L. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars What I think of A Public Affair.
I don't have too much to say about A Public Affair. I have the CD for it. I just find it sad she didn't release any more singles after I Belong To Me. Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by genowhirl09
1.0 out of 5 stars can't wait to review this.
i would love to review this product.BUT I NEVER RECEIVED IT IN THE MAIL! STILL WAITING!!!!!!
Published on November 8, 2009 by April A. Pembrick
I've been a fan of Jessica Simpson's since "I Wanna Love You Forever" and after listening to that song, if you do become a fan, it's clear why...her voice. Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Pete Doherty
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best Song is Not Even on This Version of the CD!
"I Belong to Me" is the best song on this cd, and its only on the Extra Track Edition that costs more. Go figure.

I love Jessica and try to support her and her music. Read more
Published on June 8, 2008 by J. Moreau
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Why Did She Change The Cd Cover?
There's no way she'll ever have a number one record but I don't put much basis on chart position. It all depends on what albums are being released on the same day. The only reason some of these pop records go number one is because no one more famous is releasing anything. I would really love to... Read More
Aug 17, 2006 by MSD |  See all 13 posts
Mediocre and very bottled and souless
everytime someone says Jessica simpson can't sing I've always asked them to listen to her first album, because most people who say so never did. her first album her voice was AMAZING, I swear to God. Her first album made her my number one favorite singer for quite some time. the music was... Read More
Aug 25, 2006 by Annie Feng |  See all 9 posts
I Belong To Me IS on the album!
But I thought that song was only going to be burned onto the Wal-Mart version of the CD. I think the reason you have that song on your CD is because you bought the Wal-Mart version like I did. If I'm wrong on any of this, and it is actually burned onto the copies from other stores, feel free... Read More
Sep 8, 2006 by Anna R Harris |  See all 5 posts
"I Belong To Me" not belong to this album (anymore).
I won't be surprised if they re-release this album with I Belong To Me on it! It's too bad they're not including it now, because I love that song! But at the same time, even if the album does happen to be repackaged, I'll be pissed! Don't get me wrong: I love hearing new music from an artist.... Read More
Aug 26, 2006 by Anna R Harris |  See all 11 posts
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